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New Garmin Zumo GPS for Motorcycles

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Garmin has announced the debut of the new Zumo motorcycle GPS.

The word Zumo will apparently be displayed as “zūmo” in Garmin marketing literature for the product, although the product is spelled three different ways in Garmin’s own brochures for the product.

The Garmin Zumo is designed specifically as a motorcycle GPS.

The debut coincided with National Ride to Work Day and the unit was officially unveiled at the MotoGP U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. Distribution is expected soon after.

Introducing the Garmin Zumo

Garmin’s press release for the product follows:

With a glove-friendly design featuring left-handed controls and oversized touch-screen buttons on a bright display, Bluetooth “hands-free-to-helmet” wireless technology capability, and a rugged, dependable locking mount, zūmo is at home on virtually any motorcycle or scooter.

“The Garmin zūmo is designed by motorcyclists for motorcyclists, so it naturally includes hardware and software features that make the device stand out from any other navigator on the market,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing.

“Garmin has long been known as a pioneer in satellite navigation in aircraft, boats, cars, so we’re proud to be able to offer a unit that stands up to the demands of motorcyclists and a motorcycle’s demanding environment.”

Garmin Zumo Left View

The Zūmo [sic] boasts a 3.5-inch (diagonal) high-bright, sunlight readable touch screen display, encased in a waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards) housing made of plastics that resist damage from fuel splashes and UV light.

In addition to the touch screen, zūmo has four dedicated left-handed buttons for quick input.

Zūmo is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, which acquires and maintains a GPS signal even in heavy foliage or “urban canyons” created by city skyscrapers.

The navigator also features solid state memory, which mitigates the effects of vibration, shock, cold, heat – and displays and redraws maps faster.

Zūmo is secured to the motorcycle with a locking mount that has waterproof power and data cable connections and is able to withstand the severe vibration environment commonly experienced in motorcycle riding.

A rechargeable user-removable lithium-ion battery (three hour typical use) is integrated into zūmo for trip planning or use on foot.

Bluetooth capability makes it possible for riders to retrieve and dial numbers using a supported phone’s contact list or from the phone’s call history log. A user can also make calls from zūmo’s huge points of interest database that includes hotels, restaurants, stores, and much more.

In addition, the Bluetooth connectivity also gives motorcyclists the ability to receive and place phone calls as well as receive turn-by-turn voice prompts wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled headsets or helmets.

More than 200 Bluetooth phones are supported.

More on the Zūmo

Zūmo features a 10-thousand point track log, allowing users to record even the longest of rides – and the included MapSource DVD even lets motorcyclists relive a memorable tour on their home computer through the 3-D Google Earth interface (hooray! – Editor).

Riders can also plan upcoming trips on their computer, and swap routes and waypoints with other zūmo owners via the unit’s SD card slot.

Users can also access zūmo’s trip computer page for trip information like speed, heading, and a customizable fuel gauge that allows users to define their motorcycle’s maximum fuel range.

When zūmo calculates that the motorcycle is low on fuel, it automatically reminds the rider and suggests a route to a nearby gas station. Zūmo even has a compass page and accepts electronic topo maps — making it the ultimate off-road navigator.

For those long trips, riders can stay entertained with zūmo’s built-in MP3 player.

Zūmo comes pre-loaded with full North American data, and includes millions of points of interest – places like hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and attractions. Full and partial European map versions are also available.

Zūmo gives turn-by-turn directions via multiple language and gender voice guidance with spoken street names and either 3-D or 2-D maps. The map data is provided by NAVTEQ – a world leader in premium-quality mapping.

The device also allows customers to load customized points of interest (POIs) such as safety cameras and school zones, and zumo is compatible with Garmin’s Tour Guide – a free utility that allows users to build and upload a database of POIs that are encoded with photos and MP3 files.

For added versatility, zūmo is also compatible with Garmin Travel Guides and SaversGuide.

Real-time traffic is an option through either an FM RDS-TMC (Traffic Message Channel) traffic receiver or XM NavTraffic (U.S. only) receiver. When the optional traffic service is activated, zūmo calculates routes that navigate around traffic.

Accidents, road construction, or other incidents affecting traffic are graphically represented as icons on the navigation map. Information relating to a traffic incident is also available including the precise location, lanes affected, and the predicted duration.

Customers selecting the XM NavTraffic receiver can also access XM’s weather forecasts, current conditions, and county warnings as well as over 170 channels of XM Radio.

Garmin Zumo Front View

Riders can personalize zūmo to match their particular bike’s color scheme and attitude with custom caps.

Silver and black caps come standard with the unit, and others are available on the Garmin website. Owners can also customize zūmo’s opening splash screen to depict a one-of-a-kind photo with the help of the unit’s jpeg picture viewer.

And because even the most dedicated rider sometimes travels by car, zūmo comes with an automotive mount and speaker – making the unit ideal for virtually any type of road trip.

Zūmo is also equipped with Garmin Lock, an anti-theft system that disables the unit until the owner types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location.

Zūmo comes with pre-loaded City Navigator NT map data and companion DVD-ROM.

It also includes a motorcycle mount and mounting hardware with 12/24 volt power cable, an automotive mount with 12v cigarette lighter power cable, carrying case, logo stickers, AC charging cable and a dashboard adhesive disk.

A USB interface cable, owner’s manual on disc, and quick reference guide completes the kit. Zūmo is expected to be available in October 2006.

Garmin Zumo Specifications

  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Display: 2.8” W x 2.1” H (3.5” diag.), 320 x 240 pixels; high bright sunlight-readable, UV-resistant, touch screen display
  • Unit dimensions: 4.8″ W x 3.9″ H x 1.6″ D
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Removable lithium-ion battery; up to four hours of use
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and navigation audio prompts
  • Supports optional FM TMC traffic alerts
  • Supports optional XM NavTraffic with XM weather, and XM Satellite Radio
  • Preloaded maps for all of North America or Europe
  • Voice announces streets by name
  • Look up addresses and points of interest
  • Choose 2D or 3D map perspective
  • Upload custom POIs, including alerts for speed zones and safety cameras
  • Built-in MP3 player and JPEG Picture Viewer
  • SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing
  • Export and review your travels in Google Earth with a free account from
  • Glove-friendly touch screen with left-handed controls makes it easy to operate
  • Sunlight-readable, UV-resistant display makes it easy to view your screen
  • Motorcycle console for trip information, including fuel gauge to warn you when its time to fill up
  • Motorcycle mount with standard 4-hole AMPS pattern so you can mount it anywhere
  • Included motorcycle mount for riding and automotive mount (with integrated speaker) for driving
    Includes Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature
  • Custom caps, available in a variety of colors, to reflect your style
  • Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mi

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Manufacturer: Garmin (Zumo page)
List Price (2006): $1076.91
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Colors: Silver gray.
Sizes: N/A
Review Date: May 2009
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